Hi there. My name is Jennifer. I live in northern California with my blind rescue kitty Brie (sometimes called “Walnut” for her brain capacity, and sometimes “Toxokitty” for her history of toxoplasmosis) and my long-suffering spouse Kevin. The two humans are vegetarians; the cat eats meat. I started this blog in 2009 as part of a work project to get links for a client, but it ended up turning into my own space to mouth off about the many environmental issues our planet is facing. Although there are scattered recipes and DIY tutorials and book reviews, this is mostly an idea and introspection driven blog.
Although I come from the wishy-washiest humanities background ever (BA in British Lit, MA in Children’s Lit, if you really must know), this is steadily becoming more of a science driven green blog. (Latest update: I’m back in school to beef up my science background before applying to graduate programs in botany and plant science.) I blame part of this on my innate contrariness. I hate accepting a party line. I hate binary thinking. I like evidence and scientific consensus (i.e. lots of people who are smarter and more knowledgeable than I am agreeing on something). I believe the problems we are facing are complicated, and that any answers will also be complex and full of compromises.
I say what I think on this blog. My blog doesn’t make me any money, and I’m enough of an idealist to be proud that I have a space that isn’t compromised by commercial interests. Also, I have no social instincts, so I don’t say things to make you like me. Peer pressure bounces off my bubble of social oblivion.
I have no idea what you want to know about me, so here are some more or less random factoids.
- You will probably never meet me in real life. I’ve worked with kids with Asperger’s who were more social than I am.
- I enjoy cooking. And I know a fair bit about plant poisons. My spouse is a brave man.
- My favorite wheel to be behind is a potter’s wheel. Mud-flinging for adults!
- I took all my meals for a year in the great hall of a bona fide English castle. If you’ve never been to Durham in northern England, I highly recommend it.
- Green is my favorite color, followed by dark turquoise. I like earth colors.
- I told my parents when I was ten that I never wanted kids, and I haven’t changed my mind.
- I am terrible at being empathetic and nurturing, and equally bad at communicating emotions. Apparently this means that I suck at being female.
- I remember voices and scents much better than I remember faces.
- I had a lot of nosebleeds as a child, and the vivid, iron-y smell of my own blood was one of the reasons why I eventually stopped eating meat.
- On a general species level, I prefer cats to humans. Exceptions are made on an individual basis.
You can contact me by leaving a comment, following me on Twitter, or emailing me at noteasy2begreen at gmail dot com.